Wednesday, December 31, 2014


A few pictures from Claudia's second Christmas. Last year at Christmas, she was only a couple weeks old and Joe and I were home alone with a newborn. I was sick and we were both tired and still not sure what we were doing. This seemed more like a first Christmas.

Christmas Eve at grandma's house with cousins and Aunt Cathy. 

Brylea and Claudia on Christmas. 

Aunt Cathy and Claudia. 

Grandma Dixie

Christmas was bittersweet at best and not want anyone in my family had envisioned. My sweet grandma passed away on Christmas Eve day. She had been in the hospital for 10 days and would have been 94 on January 8. I am so grateful that I got to to the hospital in time to see her and talk to her before she passed.

One of my very favorite pictures of my grandma meeting Claudia for the first time back in May. I am so happy that she was able to meet Claudia a few times and see me become a mom. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Twelve Months Old

Today is Claudia's birthday. It's so hard to believe that her first year has come to a close. It's gone by too quickly.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Winter ONE-derland

Claudia's birthday is in a few days and we celebrated her first birthday on Saturday with a Winter ONE-derland themed brunch.

Mommy and baby before the party

Claudia with Grandma Kelley

Daddy, mommy and Claudia

The cake! 

One of the guests' tables

Claudia's seat

Party hat and smash cupcake

Claudia with some of her friends

Claudia with her grandparents

Gift table

All guests got decorated sugar cookies - either a "1" or a snowflake

Claudia eyeing her first cupcake

With mom and dad

After a couple bites of cake. Overall, not a fan of it. 

Sign outside the banquet room 

All the baby friends received a gift bag with either a polar bear or penguin inside

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